The Island It was The Island director Michael Bay's fervent hope that the concept of clones created to provide backup organs for the squire-archy of the not-so-distant…
DVD Review

The Island (2005)

Scarlett Johansson, The Island | SCARLETT FEVER Johansson has to fight the suitors off
Image credit: The Island: Merrick Morton
SCARLETT FEVER Johansson has to fight the suitors off

Details Release Date: Dec 13, 2005; DVD Release Date: Dec 13, 2005; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor; Distributor: DreamWorks

It was The Island director Michael Bay's fervent hope that the concept of clones created to provide backup organs for the squire-archy of the not-so-distant future would imprint on audiences; but the dopey doppelgängers' rudimentary understanding of the world seems to have infected the filmmakers instead. How else to explain anti-tofu jokes, a riff on the word dude, and a line like ''There's one universal truth, and that is you never give a woman your credit card''? The action is unrelentingly exquisite, but McGregor and Johansson are left with vacant looks and naïveté in the boudoir. EXTRAS The best part of the grandly named ''Future in Action'' doc is when a truck destroys a $600,000 camera; Bay's commentary reveals that (a) the dude bit was his idea, and (b) he normally smashes ''about two or three megaphones'' in the course of a shoot.

Originally posted Dec 09, 2005 Published in issue #854 Dec 16, 2005 Order article reprints